Logitech G413: Two Minute Review
The Logitech G413 is a gaming keyboard that strives to provide a simple and uncomplicated experience and above all succeeds in it.
The G413 is available now for a suggested retail price of $89 (£99, around AU$125). It’s a bit steep, but it’s often discounted by major retailers who keep it as a more affordable option than many other gaming keyboards on the market.
Comparing the G413 to some of the best gaming keyboards, such as the Razer Huntsman v2 Analog† currently priced at $179, or the Razer Huntsman V2 at $149 – the G413 is much lower in price, even at full retail, making this one of the best keyboards for gamers on a tight budget.
The G413 is quite simple in design and color, with the option of black or silver, but the simple layout works to his liking as it is easy and intuitive to work with, especially for gamers.
An interesting detail is that the keys are not indicated with etched key labels, but instead use LED backlighting when connected to USB. It’s a simple feature, but one that adds a nice visual appeal that sets it apart from most other keyboards.
The aluminum alloy used in the body is sleek and of excellent quality. While it is large and somewhat cumbersome thanks to the USB cable, it is also lightweight and easy to carry once placed in a bag or briefcase. There is also a USB port built into the keyboard itself, which is handy for connecting an extra mouse, headset or USB drive.
It types like almost any other keyboard, giving users solid feedback, and the long-term performance is solid too, as the keys can handle repetitive keystrokes. None of the keys stuck during testing, even during more vigorous gaming sessions. There’s also what Logitech has called the Romer-G Tactile mechanical switches, which deliver noticeably faster and quieter performance.
There are plenty of other built-in features that make the gaming experience even more enjoyable. With a dedicated media control, gamers can easily play, pause and mute. You can also customize the key layout with the included 12-facet keycaps that can be swapped out with other keys, and a special game mode can disable certain non-essential keys (such as the Windows key) to prevent accidental disruption during gameplay.
There’s also a 26-key rollover that lets you press multiple keys in any order, and anti-ghosting features for even more control and accuracy. There is also the downloadable G HUB that allows users to program custom functions and macro commands on the F1-F12 buttons.
Probably the biggest drawback of the Logitech G413 is the size of the key. The keys are both narrow and raised at the ends, making it more difficult to use for those with larger fingers or shaky hands. This can be a major problem while gaming as imprecise keystrokes can hinder gameplay performance.
There’s also the fact that this is a wired USB keyboard, which can be a make-or-break feature for some gamers, but if you’re an esports enthusiast, a wired keyboard is a must.